Sunday, 3 July 2016

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” —William Shakespeare

Mini Flower Show
Despite all the recent wind and rain, Friday Forum members managed to bring entries for every class.  Many thanks to Graham Wheatley for judging and to Dorothy for registering the entries.
Here are a selection of the entries received:
 Class 1:  One bloom HT Rose


 Class 4:  One vase of Sweet Peas

Class5:  One vase Pinks

 Class 6:  One vase cut flowers judged for frontal effect

 Class 7:  One pot plant

Friday Forum member Celia gave us another well researched and interesting talk.  This one was on the Poppy which is very fitting on the day the centenary of the Battle of the Somme is commemorated.
Celia told us about the history, myths and even poetry relating to the Poppy.  We learnt that there are over 200 species including the Welsh poppy, the Californian poppy, the Oriental poppy from S. Europe, the red Shirley poppy named after the village where Rev. Wilks lived who found it, and the blue poppy, Meconopsis, which was discovered by a French missionary, Pére Delavay, in 1886 and brought to this country as a pressed flower in 1913 by Francis Kingdon Ward, who grew the seeds.
Display Table
 An examples of the irises potted up at Friday Forum
Ann’s colourful pot contains Mitraria coccinea, Crinodendron hookerianum, Alstromeria, Parochetus communiswith its blue flowers, Gladeolus byzantinus, Tropaeolum polyphyllum, Primula capitata, Dactylorhiza fuchsia, foliosa and maderensis, Dierama igneum
 James F Astrantias include  Maxima and Shaggy
 .... and this one is rather different

 Judith's brought her bargain clematis from Morrisons, an interesting plant which is a  relative the carrot family, annual white poppies
and small poppies:  rupifragum, meconopsis cambrica
Janella discovered that the skunk cabbage plants round her pond were taking up too much water so she is replacing them with Glyceria.  I think my marsh marigold is doing the same.

Notice Board
Margaret D thanked everyone who helped at the Paxton Show including the person who made an exceptional chocolate cake.
Reminder :

On 23rd July, Friday Forum member Carol Abbott is holding a Garden Party in her multi-award winning garden at 4a Blackwood Rise, Cookridge, LS16 7BG.  The garden will be open between 10:30 and 2:30 with proceeds going to LGI Ward 10 Children’s Renal Unit, a cause dear to her heart.  Carol wants to add to the funds already collected to supply the ward with electronic games for the children who are required to spend long periods of time there. 
Plant sale, craft sales and raffle with great prizes
                                               Entry £3.50 including refreshments

Norma thanked everyone who supported her open gardens which raised a good amount for Alzheimer’s Society.
Next Meeting
July 15th:      Visit to the garden of Mrs Elizabeth Bidgood, 4 West Hill Avenue, Leeds LS7 3QH, off Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton.  Turn into Wood Lane, plenty of parking at church.  West Hill Avenue is opposite.
2pm start. Donation to charity and refreshments available.

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